Rural PREP expands an already-developing scholarly community of practice in rural health professions education, research, and primary care training and delivery. The community of practice is evidence-based, community-engaged, and practice-informed.
A community of practice is an informal or organized learning community or virtual space in which members:
- Demonstrate mutual engagement
- Participate in a continually renegotiated common endeavor or joint enterprise
- Use a shared repertoire of communal resources (routines, sensibilities, artifacts, vocabulary, styles, etc.) that members have developed over time in arriving at solutions and making a significant impact1, 2
Rural PREP developed strategies for growing our community of practice:
Current directory of rural programs
For a current directory of rural programs in our growing community of practice in rural health professions education, see this list maintained by the RTT Collaborative.
Rural PREP’s 5-year reach (2016-2021)
Our community of practice includes attendees from our on-line webinars, Rural PREP Grand Rounds site participants, microresearch recipients and mentors, research collaborators, partnering organizations and more.
- Wenger, E. (1998). Communities of practice: learning as a social system. The Systems Thinker, June/July 1998; 9(5):1-5. Retrieved December 29, 2017 from: http://thesystemsthinker.com/wp-content/uploads/pdfs/090501pk.pdf
- Wenger, E. (2012). Communities of practice and social learning systems: the career of a concept. Retrieved December 29, 2017 from: https://wenger-trayner.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/09-10-27-CoPs-and-systems-v2.01.pdf